The 10 Best Brown Paint Colors for Khaki, Taupe, and More

Woven Wicker by Sherwin-Williams

Add a splash of Woven Wicker by Sherwin-Williams for instant warmth and character. "It's an earthy neutral that subtly complements mid-tone greens or blues like Evergreen Fog," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

Safari Beige by Valspar

Safari Beige by Valspar is a mid-tone brown that makes for a sophisticated wall color in a gathering space such as a living room or dining room. "It envelops any space in warmth and comfort, its familiar natural tone creating a soothing and grounded environment," says Sue Kim, director of color marketing at Valspar. It works well as an all-over or accent wall color and if you're layering in accents, Kim recommends introducing light greige shades such as Clay Angel and Swiss Coffee to help bring harmony and balance to a space.

Brown Clay by Glidden

"Glidden's Brown Clay is reminiscent of your favorite pumpkin spice-something or natural clay or terracotta, and it complements a variety of design styles from rustic to modern," says Ashley McCollum, Glidden Paint by PPG color expert.The rich, sophisticated, yet down-to-earth shade pairs well with gold, brass, and earth tones such as rusty reds and sage greens. "It exudes a sense of coziness and warmth, making it an excellent choice for creating a welcoming atmosphere in rooms where people gather, such as a living room, dining room, kitchen, or media room," McCollum says.

Chocolate Mousse by Benjamin Moore

If you're on the hunt for the perfect light brown, look no further than Benjamin Moore's Chocolate Mousse. "This mushroom paint color is a soft, warm neutral with a cozy taupe undertone and an easygoing, laidback quality to it," says Arianna Barone, the paint brand's color marketing manager.

Nutshell by Behr

Inject instant warmth with a coat of Nutshell by Behr, which is a familiar and easy-to-use neutral paint color. This soft brown paint color is inspired by lightly roasted walnuts. "This shade is warm, but also inviting and restful, and creates a homey feeling and promotes a cozy and comforting environment," says Cara Newhart, interior designer and Behr ambassador.

Sealskin by Sherwin-Williams

Sealskin by Sherwin-Williams is a dramatically bold brown paint color. "It's a daring and rich deep dark, perfect for creating a restful retreat or an atmosphere of mystery," Wadden says. The luxurious brown shade is surprisingly versatile and a great choice for a home office, bedroom, or a well-lit living room. "It adds powerful contrast to a space and pairs beautifully with gilded metallic accents or colored light," Wadden says.

Bittersweet Chocolate by Benjamin Moore

For a dark and moody brown paint color, opt for Bittersweet Chocolate by Benjamin Moore. Barone describes it as a velvety, deep espresso hue with a touch of violet that brings additional depth and elegance. "It is a softer, warmer alternative to a black paint color but can bring just as much drama and sophistication," she says.

Tavern Taupe by Behr

For a cooler-leaning brown paint color, an elegant taupe shade such as Behr's Tavern Taupe fits the bill. "It's a beautifully balanced chic shade of brown that can make your space look timeless and effortless, and that provides the perfect neutral backdrop to highlight other features in the room," Newhart says.

Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore

"Manchester Tan is not only a popular Benjamin Moore beige, but it is also a popular Benjamin Moore paint color overall," Barone says. She describes it as an adaptable and versatile hue that has a fresh and sophisticated touch. "It fits any type of space; I love to see it in kitchens and living rooms, since these spaces often connect multiple areas in a home and Manchester Tan is a great connector color," she says.

Happy Trails by Glidden

For the perfect all-over wall cover for an open floor plan, use Happy Trails, one of Glidden's most popular neutral paint colors. "It is a stunning complement to other warm tones and honey or deep-toned woods and is a great choice for spaces where you want to create a serene and harmonious ambiance, such as bedrooms, living rooms, or home offices," McCollum says.

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